Caulfield is a professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta who has made it his mission to educate the public about legal and ethical issues in medical research and, in his second book, he expands his mandate to include debunking health and beauty advice peddled by celebrities – in this case Paltrow. Despite being on the short list and then winning the 2015 Science in Society General Book Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (now the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada), Caulfield is not resting on his laurels. He’s back exposing the truth.
He now has a TV series called “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” that is being broadcast on Vision TV and launched in September. This six-part series airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT. In the same vein as his popular book, Caulfield is examining controversial – dare I say dubious – health trends that popular culture and social media have helped to promote, with his focus being the $10 billion anti-aging industry. Caulfield helps the viewer separate fact from fiction, with the help of scientists and experts, including some who will be familiar to the regenerative medicine community. Too bad Harry Styles never met Tim Caulfield.
For those of you who know Caulfield, he closely follows the stem cell field and is an outspoken critic of stem cell tourism and science hype. Not surprisingly, the episode airing on October 23 is titled “Scienceploitation” and talks about stem cells. Be sure to tune in! I know I will.
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